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Vanessa McKenzie is a multi-disciplinary creative living in San Diego, California.

Branding, Editorial, Exhibition, Website, Photography, Fine Art, Public Space, Urban Planning, Video, Copywriting

Vanessa McKenzie

 Live from the stage/my workspace

I am a multidisciplinary creative working locally in San Diego and around the globe. My current projects range from small scale identity work, to multi-family residential brand buildouts across the US, to international clients with a wide variety of needs -- and everything in between!

Prior to the West Coast, I was at a branding agency in Chicago where, in addition to layout, brand innovation, and marketing collateral, I had the opportunity to expand my digital skills by working daily in Sketch and collaborating with development teams on responsive, SEO-friendly websites. I moved to Chicago from Kansas City where I was the sole designer for two monthly and bi-monthly magazines, and an annual cookbook. After a year of designing and photo direction, I was also brought on as a contributing editor, submitting monthly features.

For the past three years, I have partnered with the New York City-based firm Artist&Title to produce a variety of art exhibits. Each project demands keen observation, unique attention to detail, and cultural sensitivity. Transforming space is what I find truly attractive about exhibition and environmental work—crafting an integrated experience for the audience, giving them a place to not just read about a movement or an artist, but to be enriched and surrounded by a feeling and a message. My interest in urban planning and development led to several collaborative and educational efforts with other designers, planners and architects.  

An endless search for inspiration and a need to constantly create have helped me to establish a lifestyle, instead of a career path. I hope to continue building on that foundation with a variety of collaborations, partnerships, and life experiences.